Putting Foreigners First Won't Cure Brazil's Ills

Mr. Savernio Joaquim da Silva probably has a hidden part of his life (which is standard for millions of Brazilians) that must be disclosed for the sake of the truth ("Brazil's new look," Latin American Cover Story, May 4). He must pay rent, and Sao Paulo is a very expensive city. With some $200 to $300 monthly, he still can't afford a two-room place, even in a distant neighborhood. He has a car but cannot use it: The fuel is too expensive (almost $1 a liter), traffic jams are widespread, and parking areas are scanty. He leaves his house at 5 a.m. (or earlier), faces two or more crowded buses, and maybe two hours later he is at work.

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